ports question

sAndri Kok freebsd_list at hotmail.com
Wed Apr 21 23:23:53 PDT 2004

Hi guys,

Thx for he previous replies =) Now, u said that I may not be able to run 
some new applications on old FreeSD releases (in this case 4.8), does cvsup 
know how to handle which ports are "upgradeable" and which are not? I 
assuming from the replies that I had that since all ports are the same if 
they are upadated at the same time and I read in the mailing list the other 
day that Gnome2.6 wouldn't be able to run properly on 4.8 machines. Any 
pointes? Thx again =)


>From: Alex de Kruijff <freebsd at akruijff.dds.nl>
>To: Ion-Mihai Tetcu <itetcu at apropo.ro>
>CC: sAndri Kok <freebsd_list at hotmail.com>, freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
>Subject: Re: ports question
>Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 01:30:53 +0200
>On Wed, Apr 21, 2004 at 03:01:16PM +0300, Ion-Mihai Tetcu wrote:
> > On Wed, 21 Apr 2004 20:32:58 +1000
> > "sAndri Kok" <freebsd_list at hotmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > >  Hi guys,
> > >
> > >  I got some questions about ports. Say If I have 2 identical machines.
> > >  1 machine running FreeBSD-4.8 and the other is running FreeBSD-5.2.1.
> > >  I run cvsup on both machines using the default ports supfile given in
> > >
> > >  /usr/share/examples/cvsup/ports-supfile which points to the same
> > >  cvsup mirror. Will I then get the same ports on both of the machines?
> > >
> >
> > You will get the same ports skeleton (files in /usr/ports/*).
>No, that can not be garanteed! Unleas, offcourse, he specified the date.
>This is because the command is not executed at the same date.
>Instead you could copy simply copy the ports from one computer to
>another with nfs, ftp, scp, rsync, ect. This garantees you that your
>ports are the same and it save you and the community some bandwith.
> > > And if I do get the  same ports, can I build it as a package on 1 
> > > and then install  it on the other?
> >
> > No.
> >
> > $ diff /usr/ports/INDEX /usr/ports/INDEX-5
>You don't need the ports to install packages. However I'm not to sure if
>this change the answer. It could very well depend on the port/package in
>question. If you want to play it safe then don't.
>A large number of packages are availble from the FreeBSD ftp server for
>both 4 and 5. You may want to use those if you don't care about the
>advantages that come with compiling.
>Articles based on solutions that I use:

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